Tempe High SPED students get hands-on bread-making experience at local bakery
Last fall, Tempe High Special Education students worked together to build a community garden. Along with plants typical to Arizona, such as tomatoes, peas and flowers, those students also grew an unlikely crop: Wheat.
The wheat from Tempe High's garden, located in the center of campus, was donated to Tempe bakery Great Harvest Bread Company. The bakery then invited the teens back to the store for a hands-on experience to see how their wheat would be turned into bread.
The bakery staff introduced 15 students of Ms. Laurence's Autism Class to professional bakery machinery, including a flour mill, commercial mixers and large convection ovens.
The students were given individual balls of dough that they kneaded, scored and set aside to watch rise. The students then watched their bread loaves bake and rise in the large ovens of the bakery.
Thank you Great Harvest Bread Company for giving our students a unique, hands-on experience!